Each and every week our photographers take THOUSANDS of photos. Between all sixteen regionals we captured over TEN THOUSAND ranging from action shots to candids showing the pure emotion of advancing to the state meet. We narrowed it down to some of our favorites in this edition of Behind The Lens!
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Bolles sophomore Caitlin Collier continues her fantastic year running 2:10.04 and 5:01.98 to win the 2A Region 1 Championship with ease. Meanwhile in the sprints juniors Katia Seymour and Twanisha Terry set national marks in the 100 and 200m dash. We merged all the regional results to see who won the week!
The state of Florida didn't have a shortage of AMAZING performances during regionals this week. Northeast junior Damion Thomas ran a U-20 world leading 13.42s in the 100m while Osceola senior and FSU signee Carlos Becker leaped 25 feet in the long jump for a state lead, and that was just a taste! We merged all the results from across the state to find out who won the week!
Every week we have sizzling races and unbelievable performances, but with four spots in every regional race a ticket to the state meet the competition was fiercer than ever. THOUSANDS of elite performances, HUNDREDS of nationally ranked performances, freshman national record, world junior leader, and fights to the finish. Our video team captured over 100 videos this week and we narrowed it down to our favorites!
From South Florida to Tallahassee athletes gave it their all with a trip to the state meet in Bradenton this weekend on the line. Check out the TONS of content (photos, videos, articles) from the week as well as all the results and performances!
This week, Sanya Richards-Ross, the reigning 400m Olympic Gold medalist, made it known that this season will be her final lap around the world. Her retirement announcement was heard all around the world, and her fans and fellow US teammates were devastated by the news. Ever since I was 9 years old, I wanted to be like Sanya.
Why make you wait? With all sixteen regionals complete we wanted to see who would score at the state meet and how each classification plays out. Virtual meet time!
Donald Lamb and his team of helpers were on-site at the 4A Region 2 Championship Osceola High School and snapped over 2,500 photos of all the action including this one of the boys 800m run!
Watch all of the interviews from our 4A Region 2 Championship coverage at Osceola High School in Kissimmee. Donald Lamb was on-site and talked to the top performers of the meet including the Kowboys' Herbert Wise who won both the 110 and 300m hurdles to help his team to a regional crown!
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Tyler Copeland was on-site at The First Academy for the 3A-2 and 1A-3 super regional and captured over 1,000 photographs including this photo finish between Edgewater and Auburndale in the 3A boys 4x100m relay. The Eagles won by two one-hundredths of a second!
South Florida's top talent from 3A headed to Blanche Ely for the 3A Region 4 Championship. Wallace Swift was on-site getting coverage and snapped over 600 photos of all the action including this one of the boys 400m dash that showcased several athletes from Miami Northwestern trying to punch their ticket to the state meet.
The road to the 2016 FHSAA State Finals continues this week with regional competitions across the state. Let's this serve as your headquarters for all the results, performances, coverage, & more!
Yes, you read that headline correctly. In by far the most exhilarating race of the entire Class 2A Region 3 meet at Berkeley Prep in Tampa, Lake Wales sophomore Maiah Walker set down a US #3 by going 53.27. Want to check the time sheets? Go ahead, I had to look at them three or four times to make sure my eyes weren't deceiving me.
Start your Saturday off right with over 750 photos from the 2A Region 3 Championship in Tampa including this one of the Spoto girls 4x400m relay team who punched their ticket to state with a first place finish!
Teri Bernhardt-Rodriguez was on-site at the 1A Region 4 Championship at Dade Christian and captured over 1,000 images including this one of the boys 1,600m run!
Tom Connor was on-site at the 3A Region 3 Championship and loaded up on photos of all the action, over 2,500 in all, including this one Fort Myers Krissy Gear and East Lake's Jen Lima battling it out in the girl's 1,600m run.
Chris Tucker was on-site at the 3A Region 1 Championship at FAMU in Tallahassee and snapped over 1,300 photo of all the action including this one of the girls 800m and Brooke Crane from Fort Walton Beach leading the group!
Watch American Heritage sophomore prove he is not just one of the best in the state of Florida but the whole country as he runs 10.26w and 20.76w and anchors the winning 4x100 and 4x400m relays! This video plus ALL other race action from the 2A Region 4 Championship.
Maynard St. John was on-site and captured over 750 photos of all the action at 1A-2 Region Championship in Clearwater including this one of EIGHTH GRADER Moriah Oliveira of Evangelical Christian who won the 400m dash in 56.92s. Twin sister Sierra won the 800m in 2:15.06 and both were an integral part of the 4x400 and 4x800m relay teams that advanced to state!
The Road To The State doesn't come out with some controversy this year! At the 4A Region 4 Championship in Miami, St Thomas Aquinas sophomore Imani Christian (white jersey) in lane three clearly runs around the hurdle on the curve, continues on, and finishes 4th in 46.08 earning a spot to the state meet. Should she be able to run next weekend?
Watch Northeast junior Damion Thomas run the fastest time in the world for a junior athlete in the 110mH with his 13.42s clocking at the 3A Region 4 Championships.
Watch Northeast freshman Jan'Taijah Ford win a speedy 3A Region 4 400m dash in 54.66 as two of her other teammates also finished in the top four to advance to state. Fifth place misses out with a time of 56.52. Talk about a fast race!
Watch the boys of Coral Reef improve their state leading 4x800m relay team down to a US#4 7:47.91 at the 4A Region 4 Championship.
Watch Symone Mason lead a loaded field in the girls 400m run with a time of 53.79 to win the 4A Region 4 Championship. That race plus ALL of the action waiting for you to check out!
Teri Bernhardt Rodriguez was on-site in South Florida at the 4A Region 4 Championships and captured over 900 photos of all the action including this one of adaptive athlete Isabella Matos of Cypress Bay who was all smiles after winning the 200, 800, and shot put!
Every track fan loves a good rivalry. Problem is, with just four short years in high school, rivalries rise and fall as quickly as prep athletes graduate and move on. In Tampa, there's a rivalry brewing that could stick this year and the next three years beyond. Enter Gaither freshman LaSarah Hargrove and Armwood freshman Ani Wells.
Watch as American High School's Tyrese Cooper runs 45.94 and crushes his previous freshman national record of 46.43 to win the 4A Region 4 Championship.
Caleb Wilson was on-site at the 2A Region 1 Championship at the Bolles School and captured over 2,500 photos of all the athletes trying to punch their ticket to the state meet next Saturday!
Watch and see why 4A Region 1 is nicknamed the Region of Death as the boys 1,600m and 800m runs leave times of 4:21.32 and 1:55.18 sitting in fifth place and watching the state meet from the stands.